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Kate Gleason College of Engineering

Rochester, NY


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Rochester Institute of Technology


About RIT

RIT is a nationally respected leader in professional and career-oriented education. Talented, ambitious, and creative students of all cultures and backgrounds- and from 50 states and more than 110 countries- have chosen to attend RIT. As a major technical university, RIT offers academic opportunities that extend far beyond science and technology, including more liberal arts courses and faculty than you will find at most liberal arts colleges. With a strong foundation in the humanities and social sciences, you'll gain an understanding of both technological developments and the philosophy and ethical issues that go with them. RIT offers a large, internationally-diverse student body. Last year, RIT provided more than $24 million in aid to 2,600 graduate students.

"U.S. News and World Report" ranked RIT as one of the top 100 national universities and RIT is again included in the "Princeton Review's" list of Best Graduate Business Schools.

Kate Gleason College of Engineering

RIT's Kate Gleason College of Engineering provides a nurturing educational environment within which to earn a highly marketable degree that serves students well, whether they choose to pursue a career in industry or attend graduate school in engineering or a related field. The college offers undergraduate and graduate programs in a full spectrum of engineering disciplines. Recently ranked 6th in the nation* among engineering colleges that offer the master's degree, the Kate Gleason College of Engineering is totally committed to student success and strives to provide students with a career-oriented education of the highest possible quality and the capabilities for lifelong learning. The college recently offered the nation's first Ph.D. program in microsystems engineering.

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Expanded Facilities

The College's ability to offer incredible laboratories, teaching, and research facilities for its students is stronger than ever as a result of the recently completed renovation of the James Gleason building and expansion of that facility. The College's commitment to students is further enhanced by its recent expansion of industry partnerships, an increased emphasis on interdisciplinary and team-based projects, the development of the RIT Honors Program, and an increased emphasis on providing engineering students with opportunities for an international experience.

The Kate Gleason College of Engineering occupies the James E. Gleason Building and the Center for Microelectronic and Computer Engineering, an adjoining building that has more than 10,000 square feet of laboratory space for the fabrication of integrated circuits plus an integrated circuit design center. Additional engineering facilities are housed in RIT's Louise Slaughter Building and Hugh L. Carey Building.

All departments have laboratories with excellent facilities that include state-of-the-art computer workstations for discipline-specific engineering design. In addition, a variety of general-purpose computer centers housed in the engineering buildings are available to all engineering students. Laboratories are used for both instruction and research and are available to students at all levels of the program. The Kate Gleason College of Engineering is also home to the John D. Hromi Center for Quality and Applied Statistics, which has achieved international recognition for excellence in the fields of quality management and applied statistics.

Faculty and Student Research

Although their primary focus is teaching students, RIT engineering faculty members are active in many research areas, including computer-integrated manufacturing, industrial ergonomics, optics and photonics, micromachines, electrochemical heating, signal and image processing, cardiovascular biomechanics, robotics and control, VLSI design, electron beam lithography, computer architecture, multimedia information systems, object-oriented software development, and more.

The College of Engineering provides faculty and students with ample opportunities for the pursuit of research. In addition, externally sponsored projects are a vital and integral component of RIT's educational and research activity. Faculty and students undertake sponsored projects for a variety of important reasons: to add to the body of knowledge, for professional development, and to strengthen academic programs.

Sponsored projects enhance the Institute's academic programs, broaden its research resources, provide opportunities for student participation in research, strengthen university-industrial partnerships, and serve the wider community. RIT's major sponsors include the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Education (USDE), the Department of Defense (DoD), the National Aeronautics and Science Administration (NASA), and New York State.

Graduate Programs

The Kate Gleason College of Engineering offers comprehensive, innovative graduate programs in a range of engineering disciplines. Programs include the traditional Master of Science (M.S.) degree and the Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) degree as well as an interdisciplinary degree coordinated with RIT's College of Science. In addition, the College is proud to offer the nation's only Ph.D. program in microsystems engineering.

The Master of Science degree comprises significant independent study and/or research and leads to employment in engineering in an industrial environment or to further graduate study at the doctoral level. The master of engineering degree, by contrast, is primarily a terminal master's program that prepares graduates for leadership positions in industry. In the MEng programs, an engineering case study or industrial project is required in place of a traditional thesis.

The college offers the following graduate programs:

- Applied Statistics MS
- Applied Experimental and Engineering Psychology MS
- Computer Engineering MS
- Electrical Engineering MS
- Engineering Management ME
- Engineering PhD
- Facility Management MS
- Industrial Engineering MS
- Industrial Engineering ME
- Manufacturing and Mechanical Systems Integration MS
- Manufacturing Leadership MS
- Materials Science and Engineering MS
- Mechanical Engineering MS
- Mechanical Engineering ME
- Microelectronic Engineering MS
- Microelectronics Manufacturing Engineering ME
- Microsystems Engineering Ph.D.
- Packaging Science MS
- Product Development MS
- Software Engineering MS
- Sustainable Engineering ME
- Sustainable Engineering MS
- Sustainable Systems MS
- Systems Engineering ME
- Technical Information Design Adv.Cert.
- Telecommunications Engineering Technology MS
- Vibrations Engineering Adv.Cert.

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
(Advanced Certificate)
Master of Engineering (ME)
Master of Science (MS)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Master's Degrees 257
Doctoral Degrees 2
Other Advanced Degrees 4

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
Distance learning programs available? Yes
Terminal master's degree available? Yes


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline February 15th February 15th Yes

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE
Master's Degree Requirements Minimum GPA of 3.0 (recommended)
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE
Doctoral Degree Requirements Minimum GPA of 3.0 (recommended)
Additional Entrance Requirements Minimum GPA of 3.0 (recommended)

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Types of financial support available Fellowships
Research Assistantships
Teaching Assistantships
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

Total Graduate Students
International Breakout (representing other countries)


Hispanic/Latino 1.77%
Black or African American 0.81%
White or Caucasian 26%
American Indian or Alaska Native Not Reported
Asian 2.1%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander Not Reported
Two or more races 0.65%
Unknown 11.45%


Male (79%)
Female (20%)


Focus of faculty research: Advanced materials, computer vision, embedded systems and control, high performance computing, operations, photonics, semiconductor processing, supply chain and logistics, sustainability, transportation, energy, communications, and healthcare
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address 77 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY  14623-5603
United States
Contact Dr. Doreen Edwards
Phone: 585-475-2145
Fax: 585-475-6879